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Children's LiteratureCourts of law are designed to render verdicts of guilt or innocence. However, in some instances, punishments can be meted out despite the findings of a court. In 1919 the results of the baseball World Series yielded just such a result. In that year the dynamic Chicago White Sox lost to the upstart Cincinnati Reds. Led by such stars as Shoeless Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Buck Weaver, and Lefty Williams, the Sox were odds-on favorites to carry the day. Yet, through a series of unexpectedly poor performances by their star players, the White Sox lost. Eventually, investigations uncovered a plot on the part of a cadre of Sox players to throw the World Series as part of a gambling "fix." Eight of them, then renamed "Black Sox," were indicted and put on trial. The trial resulted in a verdict of innocent despite the fact that a number of the eight players had confessed to the "fix." Following the trial the newly appointed Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, suspended all eight players for life. Thus ended the careers of several men who may or may not have participated in the scandal. This sad but true sports tale is ably told by Michael J. Pellowski, who captures not only the facts of the matter but also the human side of the equation. This is an excellent book and one that will capture the interest of readers young and old. 2003, Enslow, Ages 12 up.
— Greg M. Romaneck